I own the Braven Bridge Bluetooth speakerphone device (also from Meh, I believe). It is outstanding quality in every respect - battery life, audio quality (speaker and mic), build, materials, etc. I cannot claim that this speaker is a good value, but imo, Braven makes quality gear.
(sniff) I was so worried that we weren’t going to see a bluetooth speaker after all those batteries. Ones that i welcomed and bought a few of. I mean what is Meh if not a place that sells a multitude of bluetooth speakers?
I don’t have this, but I do have a different BRAVEN Bluetooth speaker that I got from meh and I love it. Great audio quality, super long battery life, easy to connect. It just works. I’d buy this brand again.
@unksol Hmm… I’m late to the party and didn’t know hating on Monster was a thing. I have the speaker shaped like an army gas can and it’s been great. Clear sound, good bass, decent volume and outstanding battery life. Maybe I just got lucky. Or maybe I have low standards. You should see my taste in women…
@stormshadow999 monster is pretty much hated for being an awful unethical company trying to trick people into buying overpriced cables that were “faster” and other such nonsense. When a cable is just a cable. It was a huge thing with best buy. It’s even in their Wikipedia page lol
“Instead of advertising, Monster offers incentives to retailers and their salespeople to sell the cables. Retailers bundle high profit-margin cables with larger purchases that have smaller margins in order to improve profitability.”
This resulted in sales people lying that you really need this BS overpriced cable to see all the colors or other creative shit just to get commissions. Nothing is technically wrong with their products. I’ll buy something they made from meh or wherever if it’s the right price. They just… Are not a good company/ruined their own reputation.
@blaineg@unksol I was in college the first time I heard about Monster cables and couldn’t afford them anyway, but saw through the hype almost immediately. I didn’t think them slapping their name on a BT speaker was in the same realm of make-believe as their “magical” cables, though.
I have this, and honestly, if I had any extra monies, I’d buy another one just for boating. It’s by far the best portable speaker I’ve ever witnessed. If you’re into quality sounding loud music, (because, why not??), this is definitely worth it!!
And also - I paid twice as much for mine. Still worth it.
@w5ukf The Forbes reviewer said it was the best outdoor performing bluetooth speaker they’d ever heard. Listed mfr provided specs to be 4 full range speakers getting 15W a piece and one sub woofer getting 40W for a total of 100W. Quite a bit of power at this price point and also easy to see they liked it so much better out of doors than in. The atmospherics and ambient noise outside kill a lot of the sound field clarity provided by dividing the highs and lows between separate woofers and tweeters. Being able to focus 15W into each of 4 full range drivers makes the performance both efficient and loud (the review stated that amount of air being pushed through the 5 speaker cones was instantly noticeable) w/o distortion. It lacks the stereo quality sound 2 separate channels and separate woofs & tweets would provide for listening indoors but even w/the best stereophonic outdoor PA speakers you lose the stereo effect once you move more than a few feet away. Add in 40W going to the sub woofer + passive radiators and you have what is essentially a high powered TV sound bar (with the sep. subwoofer built in) in a sturdy, water resistant outdoor cabinet with enough battery power to run it continuously for a 4-5 hours. The only reason I haven’t already bought two of them (which would create an insane 60W per channel outdoor sound system plus 80W of low end thump for less than the retail price of 1) is the apparent lack of even a stereo mini plug for connecting a sound source. If it’s really bluetooth only (and not even A2DP enhanced) that kills a fair amount of the potential functionality, especially of buying 2. Still, at this price point, you’d seemingly have 1 helluva outdoor socially distanced small party speaker! Sorry to ramble on. I guess could have just listed the specs Forbes provided and moved on…
@orphum@w5ukf yeah. All the reviews said BT only and as its next to a mic in I’m guessing their related. I left a question on the ZAGG site about this and dual mode stereo. I’m hoping they give me a good reason NOT to buy this! That blender broke my wallet!
at this price, it should include stereo(although probably not a big deal if you only use it outdoors).
i don’t think it has the ability to separate the stereo signals and send them each to a different unit. That is not indicated anywhere in the specs, either here or on Amazon. It is enough of a selling feature that they would advertise it. Two separated speakers do not equal stereo.
while the below info doesn’t guarantee true 2 channel stereo… it probably comes as close any mid range driver dominant speaker system ala Bose 601s to reproducing stereo sound w/o woofers and tweeters. I left a question addressing this on the ZAGG product page but doubt they respond before sale ends.
From ZAGG’s Braven XXL/2 page:
Want a stereo experience outdoors? Pair multiple BRV-XXL/2 speakers together wirelessly for surround sound, perfect for outdoor movies or large events.
From Spec List in Forbes XXL/2 review
Braven BRV-XXL/2 Key Specifications:
Downward firing subwoofer, dual passive radiators, 4 x full-range drivers with 360-degree audio
Volume, bass, treble, and music track controls on speaker
Up to 100-foot Bluetooth wireless range
3.5mm AUX input + external microphone input for use as PA
15,600mAh Battery rated at up to 18-hour playtime
LED batter level indicator
2.4A USB output to charge smartphones (up to 4X)
IPX5 water resistance
[[[Supports stereo pairing of two BRV-XXL/2 speakers]]]
Integrated magnetic bottle opener
22 x 8 x 9-inches, weighs 17.4 pounds
2-year limited warranty
Includes power adapter, carry strap
I bought the previous version of this a few years ago and LOVE it! This one appears to be updated with a bottle opener and a few cosmetic changes. The sound is great. Excellent bass. I mostly use it for outdoor movies. Highly recommend!
@imjustabrian I saw that, but what is not known is if pairing of any sort (from 2 to 100) provides true stereo configuration. Meaning, if I have 1 unit, it plays both left and right channels. If I have 2 units, do both play left and right, or does one become the left channel and the other the right channel? True stereo split pairing is what many desire, so that the 2 units can act as a physically separated left and right channels.
Bought the original from here and it’s still the most badass Bluetooth speaker ever. Excited to get the updated model. Also, customer service from Braven, even if you bought it here, is amazing. They sent me the strap for free! (It didn’t come with the refhrb I bought here) Also, they didn’t even ask me to cover shipping. Amazing company that I will happily continue to do business with.
Hi everyone. We have an unfortunate situation brewing on this event that we’re still in the midst of tracking down with Zagg’s help. There’s an email headed your way with at least temporary bad news. I jumped in to see if I could help and will post back with any solutions found.
@snapster I purchased two speakers in two separate orders (initially talked myself out of ordering two from the get-go, then later that night decided to splurge). I want to be sure that there will be no problems with my reimbursement for both, ability to reorder two if they are available again, and discount codes (hopefully two in this case).
Zagg webpages, customer service, and phone lines have all been down for two days. Twitter account claims botched “routine server maintenance” but combined with our shipping snafu this doesn’t bode well…
@mcdokolas fyi, we’ve taken the liberty of refunding everyone so that Meh is not benefiting from the situation. Technically your order is cancelled but we’re holding everyone’s place in line to reserve again once a solution is found.
For anyone not receiving the email advisement regarding the cancellation, here’s the full text:
Development: Braven Speakers Currently Missing in Transit.
Zagg, the brand owner of Braven, is working to liquidate all Braven inventory and shutter the Braven brand in a larger corporate response to the pandemic. While we verified shipment through distribution, and the transport we were assured contained the 300 XXL arrived, the speakers are currently missing. Your order was set to ship from our warehouse Friday and we failed to make this promise date. We will continue working with Zagg and their distribution channels until we locate the missing speakers. While we are tracking them down, we are proactively refunding you in full. As soon as we have the solution ready we’ll email you and get you reserved access to place your order (or decline at your option).
This is the worst case scenario in our business and we know it’s very frustrating for everyone. In addition to the full refund, we’re generating $20 off coupons assigned to your account - use the coupon code WHEREAREYOUBRAVEN when checking out. You may use this anytime this year including on a Braven XXL solution to come. Finally, we’re sorry about the trouble, we are increasing controls to insure we aren’t in this position again. Please let us know if you have any questions.
BOOOOOOOOO damn I was really looking forward to getting my drink on, whilst sitting in a trash can on my balcony to cool my “bits” down. (Thanks COVID-19). IF they do arrive, please email me ASAP. I know you said that but I never even got the notice. I had to come here to learn its sad fate.
I’m still gonna hope it comes in. Figures with my luck first time ordering from here goes bust but at least the company takes action right away and doesn’t leave it’s customers hanging . So I’m gonna remain optimistic
How do we get on the list to be notified when they are found? I never received the official response someone posted above. Just an email saying it was cancelled. Why not another email with the response and explanation? It would probably have avoided you guys several support messages as I just sent one before I found this thread. Please have better communication with your customers and go out and find these speakers that we all purchased and are eagerly waiting for. Fingers crossed!
@RiotDemon Thanks I did find it. It’s good to know they didn’t leave us totally hanging as I originally thought. Here’s a shout out to the guy/gal in charge of tracking these things down, if there is really such a guy/gal. Hoping they are successful!
I had hoped to nail this down by today. Some more transparency: Chances are diminished from what I initially thought. I believe a large smiley-face retailer was able to pull quantity out of a held order before it shipped. While we are direct, a middleman distributor was in the mix on this inventory. We don’t know if they were wronged or if they pushed their luck trying to broker a held PO before submitting payment. We were wrong to trust they had them in hand.
If Zagg is truly liquidating them, why not see about acquiring stock directly from them without a middleman. You can show you had X users looking to buy X units in an attempt to get a wholesale deal. I mean I know the Braven XL is currently half off I just got mine in the mail. Works pretty dope also so far. Most important thing on it tho, is by far the bottle opener But the XL does sound great for $99 down from $199 on its own website.
the matter is pretty clear cut as you see it. there is departmental separation involved and apologies but no action yet
at some point we become complicit I suppose by continuing to transact with them on other goods vs demanding resolution
I had some thought last week that a targeted discount on today’s Zipp 360 might have been a salve but then decided it was too awkward. If anyone would be interested in an appeasement offer on those, let me know with a reply. Not apples for apples but maybe 2x Zipp with Airplay 2 stereo is as cool as 1 xxl/2?
We’re still working on the Braven mess (see above update) but following through on thought of using 2 of today’s Libratone Airplay 2 speakers as an alternate:
I’ve assigned 50% off coupon code NOTSOBRAVEN to your account in case you want to do this (it’s today’s main event on meh). Make sure to buy up to 3 on your single order as this is a one time use code.
You can’t stack this and the $20 off previous code but that coupon still stands as well (if you haven’t used it already)
Use of these coupon codes will not invalidate your qualification should we ever come through on XXL/2s - your status there is held.
Decided this looks like a sales pitch if I email it out. I’ll just look into setting up another event if you miss it today and we still have some Zipp 360s. These ones ARE in our warehouse!
Thanks for digging in on this Braven mess. I didn’t see the Libratone offer in here until after the sale ended but was already toying w/idea of buying 2 as an xxl/2 place holder for upcoming camping trip. Simultaneously ZAGG had a site wide 25% off
Back 2 School sale enticing me to buy two OG xxl/s at $99 per & rack the extra B2S discount but it was the sole Braven item exempt from the event. 2 of those for $150 would have been a near even swap but was pipe dream. Will try to remain hopeful you can find a Braven solution xxl 1 or 2. Please keep me in the loop too (not on your official xxl/2 buy list but fell through the cracks after botched 11th hour xxl/2 purchase attempt here and then suffered total Morning Save shopping cart meltdown trying frantically to buy it there for $179 but the site simply wouldn’t allow the purchase to go through before it quickly disappeared from their site altogether). Thanks, mate.
i just tried again and the purchase portal is still open. Who knows what’s going on but for my money us xxl Braven Cravers are THE MEHga sub club. The VMPs are over. It’s a new day!
IDK. I think Mehrathon opens up all the links to purchase pages still in the system b/c that’s easier than micro programming just the ones in the 24 Hours of LeMehns
I suppose the inclusion of the little Braven clip type speaker for Morningsave and tonite’s sell-a-thon suggests there’s still a relationship and dialogue. My guess is the xxl/2 is still status quo and my purchase will be voided. I mostly clicked “buy” to correct a mistake from the original sale and be as good as my word.
@DavidChurchRN and others…
… sorry if my wild, Meh-rathon sleep deprived speculation served to hold anyone back from buying once the portal re-opened. I honestly thought it just opened system wide similar to all the mehrathon items you could still purchase after their sales ended yesterday. Hope you were/are able to get one. Good luck.
Ok so some of you have found the sale is open but it’s locked down to Quantity 1 and only previous buyers are allowed to order. This is real. Here’s the detail at the time of my posting this:
Zagg was able to pull some inventory from another division for us to try and make this right. Unfortunately, it’s far short of what we need. Less than 100 units.
I could show you notes of a convoluted plan to try and tempt some previous buyers away from these with other deals, free membership, starting with folks who ordered earliest, etc. But I won’t be doing that. Trying to solve in that direction just falls flat – alerting people only to make some of them sad again is just not workable.
Instead, let’s just be blunt. We don’t have enough to email everyone that they are back yet. Using time order was placed to rotate through folks is feasible, but effectively it’s not much fairer than serving them up to you who are following along. So we pick this option. If you are here reading this and you bought one of the XXL/2 before, you can now buy one again. Until you can’t because we’re sold out again and waiting for hope of more.
Congrats if this works for you (1 only, sorry) and apologies in advance if it you read this later and missed out.
Feel free to use your $20 coupon on the re-order if you haven’t already, or hold and use it on a future Meh deal.
@snapster The FOMO side of my brain wants to buy one now just because FOMO, but the practical side tells me that I don’t drink anything out of bottles with caps anymore so it would just end up being an expensive bluetooth power bank. Good thing I don’t have one of those special $20 coupons to tempt me even more!
Again, we don’t have enough to email the entire class affected, so we’re using community forum participant as a filter. Hopefully we’ll get more later and can email the entire group. If you know of another community member affected, feel free to @ them here to participate or tell them elsewhere.
@bigkiskewl no. for one there’s not enough to bother and additionally we’re still trying to get more so we could email everyone. that would feel like a regression for what is still a troubling failure to the original buyers.
@snapster, Thank you for seeing this through as far as you have been able to. You really have gone beyond what most other merchants would in such a situation. I appreciate it greatly, and it reinforces my love of all things Meh!
I re-ordered a single unit per the current (and understandable) limitations. As someone who initially ordered two units, I am holding out hope that there will be a way to get a second. My interest was high on linking two of these together for an awesome outdoor stereo pair. Please let us know if and when ordering a second unit becomes available. Thanks again for your efforts!
@snapster Now I can enjoy the last few weeks of summer in my pool/trash can and use it for opening my bottles so I dont have to get out! You guys did definitely see this through 1000% and I as well as the other 99 appreciate your efforts!
Probably not helpful but: if it’s linear voltage measure then the early drops are quick but the rate of decline slows exponentially. Advanced platform like Apple’s and Tesla’s apply algorithmic magic to make the usage curve visual flatter and deter battery anxiety.
@jmkiii morningsave is sold out so likely there are no more. Deals sometimes are on morningsave first and come here or are on here first (which are only sold for one day) and the leftovers are put on morningsave.